Monday, November 18, 2013

November Ipsy Glam Bag 2013

November Ipsy Glam Bag time!  

This months bag is really cute!  It is a metallic gold snakeskin print with a pink zipper across the top.  Instead of a toggle their is a wrist loop at the zipper.  While I do think this is a really cute bag it's not really my style.  The last time my ancestors were hunting wild animals in the jungle was....never.  I'll probably save it to give away as a gift!

I got a crazy amount of stuff in this months bag.  Included are a Nailtini nail polish, Bombshell Lip Crayon, BH Cosmetics Eye Shadow, Pixi Bronzer, Em Cosmetics Lipstick, Benefit Mascara, Starlooks Eye Liner and Kitsch Hair Ties.  Typically Ipsy includes five items in their glam bags and here we have eight!

Kitsch Hair Ties in Bollywood: $9.99 full set of five
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara: $8.00 mini (4g)

The five Kitsch hair ties and mini Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara were both extras for me this month!  Kitsch creates yoga style hair ties and headbands in some really cute prints and designs.  Bollywood is inspired by textiles and shades from India. Benefit's Bad Gal Lash is awesome so far!  The brush is very large and has a gorgeous deep pigment.  It lengthens my lashes extremely well. I had some points saved up and redeemed for both items.  That still leaves an extra item in my bag this month which is a gift from Michelle Fawn!  Her new Em Cosmetics launched recently so the lipstick is a gift from one of Ipsy's founders.  Thanks Michelle!

Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn: $14 full size (2.5g)

This lip crayon is vibranttttttt.  Vibratingly vibrant which didn't even really show up in pictures as much, but believe me it's red.  It is a twist up crayon full of microglitters.  

On the lips this shade has a nice pigmentation.  It is not very moisturizing.  I did have slight feathering on my upper lip as well.  I did like the pigmentation but the microglitter was not incredibly noticeable   

EM Cosmetics Lipstick in Hug Me: $16.50 full size (3.5g)

I was excited to try Em Cosmetics since I heard about it's launch.  Hug Me is a nice nude shade in the tube.  I've always wanted a nude lipstick since I'm super pale and it could give me a cool whitewashed wall effect.

Hug me applied very smoothly.  It is part of their sheer line and applies that way.  Unlike Hot Damn this is extremely moisturizing. However, I didn't find that this lasted very long.  I was reapplying after a half hour. :(  

Nailtini in Champagne: $13 full size (.5 fl oz)

Nailtinis are often included in Ipsy bags.  I'm not sure how much I like Nailtini.  I can't find them anywhere in the real world and of the colors I may like half of them that I have received.

Champagne is a sheer, pearly, light gold.  One coat was not enough so I went for three to get a more clear color.  I'm not too crazy about this shade on my skintone. 

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: $8 mini (3.2g)

The full sized Pixi Beauty Bronzer is larger and comes with a kabuki brush for application found at Target.  This mini size was not available anywhere that I could find so the $8 price tag is an estimate.  Can we talk for a minute about the packaging on this?  The green outside is rubbery and easy to grip, kind of how the outside of an EOS lip balm feels.  It's fun to rub.

I'm excited to use this bronzer.  It is hard to find cool toned bronzers but that is what looks best on me.  This bronzer in Subtly Suntouched is a very cool color.  It is great for winter palettes and looks!  I love that this bronzer does not have a lot of shimmer that other bronzers may have.  Since I used my bronzer for contour it can be very distracting when it is glittery.

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Topaz: $14 full size (2.4g)

Just looking at this pencil I was kind like, ehhhh.  But, then I opened it and my eyes melted out of my skull.  The shade of this is bright, glowing silver.  The metallic sheen of it catches the light extremely well.  

Application of this was so smooth.  The pigment was so bright.  Think of all the amazing winter looks you could create with this on your eyes, either as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow shade.  I am so surprised but this may be my absolute favorite product in this months bag.  

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow in Aphrodite: $2.00 full size single

BH Cosmetics game out with a palette called Galaxy Chic.  For Ipsy they broke the palette down into singles and included a full size single shade from the palette in each bag.  You won't be able to purchase singles of this anywhere if you like the shade you'll have to purchase the whole Galaxy Chic palette for $22.95, currently on sale for $14.95!

My Shade is Aphrodite.  A burnt pink shade with lots of shimmer.  I wanted to like it but pink is just not my color for eyes.  It came across as more of a blush than a shadow!  Actually now that I think of it I do rather like this shimmery shade as a dewey blush.  I may just start using it that way!

This months bag was so much fun!  I received over $85 worth of products in this $10 little bag!  Over $65 if you don't included the two extra products I redeemed for.  My favorite products this month were the Starlooks Gem Pencil, the Pixi Beauty Bronzer, the Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, and the Kitsch Hair Ties.  I also liked BH Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Aphrodite but used as a blush instead of an eye shadow, Bombshell's Lip Crayon in Hot Damn is a beautiful pigment but had no moisturizing effect and feathered slightly, Em Cosmetics Lipstick in Hug Me is a pretty shade and very moisturizing but does not last long at all.  Finally, the only product I didn't like this month was the Nailtini in Champagne.  

Signing up for Ipsy is easy and there is still time to get this very bag if you sign up soon!  Just head over to Ipsy here and take their style quiz.  The quiz will match you with products for your preference and shades.  It is only $10 a month for five products, some full size and occasionally mini sized.  Each month coupon codes are included for that months products so you can get a great deal.  Ipsy is also a great option as a holiday gift!  Who wouldn't love a three month subscription to Ipsy, it's the gift that keeps on giving! I'm actually getting a subscription for my little sister for her birthday in December. You can cancel your subscription at anytime without penalty if you want to stop receiving glam bags.  

Here are this months coupon codes:
Em Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase using the code ipsy30
Be a Bombshell Cosmetics: 40% off and a free Coco Delight Lip Gloss using code ipsy40
Tini Beauty: 50% off and a free eyeliner with purchase of $25 or more using code ipsy4glam
Pixi Beauty: 25% off any purchase using the code BronzePixi
Starlooks: 40% off any purchase using the code IPSY
BH Cosmetics: 20% off Galaxy Chic Palette using the code ipsy20
Glam Glow Mud: 30% off any purchase using the code IPSY
Cailyn Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase using the code IPSY30
HSI Professional: 50% off any purchase using the code IPSY50SS
Beauty Online Supply: 30% off any purchase of Kiss or iEnvy lashes using the code IPSY

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